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Recalling Dive Bar, Downtown Crossing, 1982

Please bear with me but I'm trying to remember the name of a place from a trip to Boston to see the Red Sox 25 years ago... any assistance much appreciated.

We were wandering around downtown, visited Filene's and a few other places in Downtown Crossing, when we decided to get some lunch. I recall wandering up a slight hill in what looked like an alley to an old-style bar -- long and narrow, with the bar on the left, a few tables crowded near the front and along the other side, dark and old-looking. It might have had an Irish-type name but don't hold me to that. It didn't look promising but we persevered and found a table among the crowd. I recall having what was a surprisingly good meal and a fun time.

Can anyone help me with the name of the place? Any chance it is still around?

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  1. Could it have been Hank's? on the short street that lead to the Orpheum..a true dive..can't speak for the food..not unusual to see 1 or more patrons passed out atthe bar or tables

    No longer there.

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    1. re: 9lives

      This bar is almost certainly Hank's. A lot of folks who worked at Filene's and Jordan's used to go there. It was busy at 7 P.M.

    2. The Province Pub? If so, it was definitely a dive. The only time I went there, some guy with a beard down to his stomach looked up from the bar the second we walked in, yelled "HEY!" then got up and started chasing us, right out of the bar. We ran all the way to the end of the block when we heard him yell, "HEY--ya got a match?"

      Ahhh, memories....

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        1. re: 9lives

          I believe so, though it has been a long time, so my brain is a bit foggy as to where exactly it was on Province Street.

          1. re: hiddenboston

            The Hub Pub used to be Friar Tuck's in the 80's I believe. Not sure if it also had an incarnation as Province.

            1. re: joestrummer

              I remember Friar Tuck's, and the OP's description fits the bill (long bar to the left), there was also seating upstairs too...they had a solid burger back in the day, nothing to right home about, but not garbage.

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        1. You're just remembering it now? Must've been quite an evening.

          1. Penn's Pub on Bromfield Street - halfway up on the left (facing Tremont Street)???

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            1. re: Small Plates

              Was thr bar on the left there? And, it was previously Bromfield Tavern.

              1. re: trufflehound

                I was also thinking Penn's Pub but I thought I remembered the bar being on the right.

              2. re: Small Plates

                I think Penn's Pub is it. Is it still in business?

                Thanks for the info.

                1. re: Greg B

                  I'd bet the bar you are talking about is the Littlest Bar, which unfortunately is no longer.

                  1. re: kate used to be 50

                    Couldn't have been the Littlest.

                    No food and while narrow, I don't think anyone would have called it long.